Friday, April 24, 2009

Quotable - Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Quotable: Weekly Literary QuotationsWelcome to Quotable, a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention -- it could be an old favorite or something that jumped out at me during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

This week I'm posting a much-loved quotation from Neil Gaiman's short story "A Study in Emerald". The last two sentences of this quote always spring to mind when I'm bored:

"I have been told that I snore," he said. "Also I keep irregular hours, and I often use the mantlepiece for target practice. I will need the sitting room to meet clients. I am selfish, private and easily bored. Will this be a problem?"
-- Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things, "A Study in Emerald"
You can read "A Study in Emerald" in its entirety here. You can also download an audiobook version (narrated by Gaiman) for free at Audible.com. I highly recommend it. Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu. Yes, it's as weird and wonderful as it sounds.

Don't forget to check out the comments to see what other bloggers found quotable this week!

9 comments:

  1. Wow, I actually haven't read this short story (not really into the short stories so much), but "Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu" definitely sounds intriguing; and also like it will be perfect for an online book club I'm a part of. Thanks!

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  2. I love this quote - it really makes you interested in reading the whole thing!

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  3. That is a great quote...love it!

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  4. Oh, I forgot to leave a quote. Sorry. This is one from Drood that I posted on Twitter; it just made me laugh:

    "Dickens laughed softly. I believe I began hating him at that moment." p. 114 That darn Dickens.

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  5. I've been thinking about reading Gaiman's collection Fragile Things all over again. I think I will this weekend. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Interesting quote. Thanks for the tip about the free download at Audible.com. Just downloaded the story and can't wait to listen to it.

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  7. I just bought The Graveyard Book, now I'll have to look into Fragile Things (which I've heard so many wonderful things about)! Thanks for sharing the great quote.

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  8. What a fantastic quote - I don't think I'll be able to get it out of my mind when I'm bored, either. Thanks for the links - sounds like a great short story!

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  9. Such a great story! And that quote from it is fantastic.

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